June 29, 2019 Subject:
Agree with Prof. Mark
In addition to the points raised about dating, note that the information on B B Thatcher contained on the data page gives his birth date as 1807, which would make it unlikely he would publish (or begin the preparation for publishing) this book in 1800.
The text and especially the marvelous illustrations make the volume well worth studying.
September 26, 2011 Subject:
Date of publication in error
Text gives dates as late as 1827. Therefore, the date of publication cannot be 1800.
The NYPL copy of Volume 2 has 1841 as its date of publication.